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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 23 July 2012 - IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today announced the formation of the IEEE 802.3™ Next-Generation BASE-T Study Group. The new group is designed to measure industry interest and needs in the next generation of the IEEE 802.3 BASE-T family of technologies for Ethernet transmission over twisted-pair cabling.

Widely deployed for physical-layer connectivity in data centers, IEEE 802.3 BASE-T represents the highest-volume Ethernet port type today. IEEE 802.3 BASE-T technologies typically utilize server-uplink data rates of Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet today, but platform transitions and systems innovation on all fronts are driving new networking requirements.

“Because of the ability of current IEEE 802.3 BASE-T technologies to interoperate with legacy versions via the standard’s ‘autonegotiation’ feature and thereby support cost-effective infrastructure upgrades, extension to 40 Gigabit Ethernet and higher speeds will be required in coming years,” said Bill Woodruff, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Next-Generation BASE-T Study Group and associate product line director with Broadcom. “IEEE 802.3 BASE-T continues to be one of the most successful technologies within the greater IEEE 802.3 family, and our new study group will gauge the timing and needs of extending the standard to support industry needs for server connectivity and other applications.”

Interested individuals are invited to contribute to the new IEEE 802.3 Next-Generation BASE-T Study Group. For more information, please visit the Next-Generation BASE-T Study Group Web site. external link

“The formation of an IEEE 802.3 study group occurs when there is interest in developing a request to initiate an IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standards-development project,” said David Law, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group and distinguished engineer with HP Networking. “One of the reasons that IEEE 802.3 BASE-T has proven to be such a compelling technology over the years is because it frees companies to upgrade their networks strategically and cost-efficiently. That benefit of the standard is increasingly valuable, given the bandwidth demands and cost pressures that network managers today face.”

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Supporting Quotes
Mike Bennett, senior network engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: “The next-generation BASE-T effort is timely as 10GBASE-T becomes the typical network interface shipping with servers today. We need the next generation of twisted-pair Ethernet to be ready when server I/O technology advances to the next level. This technology will continue the low-cost, high-performance Ethernet we’ve come to expect from the IEEE.”

Brad Booth, director network architecture, Dell and previous chair of IEEE Std 802.3an-2006 (10GBASE-T): “One of the key values that 10GBASE-T provides to the end user is the ability to migrate their systems from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet without requiring a forklift upgrade. The next-generation BASE-T will provide the ability to continue this migration capability.”

David Chalupsky, network hardware architect, Intel Corporation: “We are excited to see work begin on the next generation of the BASE-T roadmap. A higher-speed BASE-T will complement the rich family of Ethernet options, continuing to enable the growth and diversity of server networking needs.”

Wael William Diab, vice-chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet working group and senior technical director at Broadcom: “As high-density 10GBASE-T switches become more common in data center and enterprise environments, the approval of this study group to review the next-generation BASE-T technology is timely. A next-generation BASE-T technology will complement the rich and diverse higher-speed Ethernet interfaces, ensuring that next-generation switch and server application requirements are addressed.”